Underwater Caching

What is Geocaching?

For those not familiar with Geocaching , it can be described as a modern day treasure hunt. Instead of maps, cachers use a Global Positioning Systems receiver (GPS) or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers called "geocaches" or "caches". The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called caches, then share your experience online. Caches can be found all over the world, in fact, you will be amazed at how many caches may be right in your own neighborhoods. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity, there are over 1.2 million active geocaches published on various websites devoted to the activity.

A typical cache is a small, waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and a blurb to future cachers. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets with little or no value. Geocaching is often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek".

Underwater Geocaching

In order to promote the diverse dive sites located off the coast, and inland waters of West Central Florida, Jim's Dive Shop and our dive club, Gulf Coast Underwater Hunters, has placed underwater geocaches at many of our favorite dive sites. We invite you to search for these caches and in the process discover the exciting diversity and wildlife that inhabit our waters.

Unlike topside caches, you will not be able to use your GPS device underwater. We will give coordinates for the dive site, then give a description of a starting point. From the starting point you will need to use your compass to locate the cache and to discover the treasure within. Once the cache is found, sign the log located at the cache, if you take something from the cache, please replace it with another small trinket. Once your dive day is complete, you can then sign on to geocaching.com to record your find, post pictures and give a narrative of your adventure.

Start Your Treasure Hunt

1. First, create your account. Go to www.geocaching.com and create your account (it's free).
2. Click "Hide and Seek a Cache"
3. Page down to "Other Search Options" and enter the name of the cache from the list below or enter jimsdiveshop in the "Hidden by Username" field.
4. Enter the coordinates of the cache into your GPS device and read the hints and directions to locate the cache.
5. Go diving! Search for the cache, sign the log, log into www.geocaching.com once you are back home and record your experinces.

Many smart phones have Geocaching Apps. We're using Geocaching by Groundspeak since it ties into our account at www.geocaching.com.
***** Theses caches will require the use of SCUBA equipment and are only for certified SCUBA divers *****
Geocaching, SCUBA diving and other outdoor activities can involve risk to both persons and property. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience, that must be considered prior to seeking or placing a Cache. Be prepared for your adventure and be sure to check the current weather conditions before heading offshore.

Caches created by Jim's Dive Shop

In order to place caches on our local artificial reefs, a permit must be obtained from the State of Florida. We are in the process of working with the State of Florida and the local artificial reef programs in order to secure the the permits. We have caches ready to be placed as soon as we get the green light from the State.